Lawyers need to take steps to ensure that such changes are ushered in and the profession is opened up to people from different communities and marginsalised groups, he stated.
“This structure of legal profession, which is patriarchal and sometimes so caste based, has to change so that we as lawyers discharge our duties to our society to make the legal profession open up to people from different communities and marginsalised groups in our society,” he said.
He was speaking at the felicitation ceremony organised for him by the Bar Council of India (BCI).
In his speech, the CJI also highlighted the system of recruitment of juniors prevalent in legal profession.
“In our profession is it not very common place that juniors find seniors on the basis of an informal network. Some will call it old boys club. We do not have a merit based method of selecting young lawyers who will be recruited to chambers,” he said.